Ellen DeGeneres has stepped up her participation in the No on Prop. 8 campaign by recording a TV ad asking voters to oppose the proposed antigay constitutional amendment.
Patrick Guerriero, campaign director for No on 8, made that announcement during a phone conference with LGBT press on Tuesday.
“She’s filmed an ad that could be used in ways that we’ll determine over the next day or so. Certainly you’ll see it on the Web and virally, and potentially on TV,” said Guerriero, who read a transcript that he said is close to the finished product.
“Hi, I’m Ellen DeGeneres,” Guerriero quoted from the transcript. “I got to do something this year I never thought I’d ever be able to do. I got married. It was the happiest day of my life. There are people out there raising millions of dollars to try to take that right away from me. You’ve seen their ads on TV. They’re twisting the truth, and they’re trying to scare you. I believe in fairness. I believe in compassion. I believe in equality for all people Proposition 8 does not. Please, please vote no on Prop 8.”
“I think you’re going to see some breakthrough gifts in the next few days,” Guerriero said. Since the No on Prop. 8 campaign put out an SOS roughly a week ago, donations have been running close to $1 million per day—a remarkable feat, he said, and one that has No on 8 poised to cross the $20 million mark shortly.
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